The Manchester cruiserweight was up on the scorecards until he was hit by a thunderous right hand
Sam Hyde suffered a gruesome eye injury on Saturday night, bringing a premature end to his fight with Richard Riakporhe.
The 25-year-old was caught with a ferocious right hand in the cruiserweight clash at the Manchester Arena, on the undercard of Oleksandr Usyk v Tony Bellew.
The Manchester fighter had been up on the scorecards and looking all set to extend his unbeaten record as a professional to 15 fights until he was caught by a thunderous right hand from Londoner Riakporhe
Hyde’s left eye immediately ballooned up and as it continued to swell, Riakporhe continued to target the area.
With his charge struggling to see, trainer Joe Gallagher threw in the towel in the eighth to call a halt to the fight.
“I was down on the scorecards so I had to pull it out of the bag,” said Riakpohre, who is mentored by Dillian Whyte.
“I hit him with a hook, his face swelled up so I targeting it. I thought they should throw in the towel.
“A lot of people wouldn’t have taken this risk in their eighth fight.”
Riakpohre’s victory means he is now 8-0 in his professional career.